It's tough to understand why student athletes, who will be playing school sports next year, do not take advantage of reduced fee physical exams offered by the district.
After all, the $10 is much cheaper than the $60 or more it could cost for students to have the mandatory exams done in a doctor's office.
Also, there's no fret and worrying about getting a last-minute doctor's appointment before the sport's first practice begins.
Often, student athletes who do not take advantage of the schoolsponsored sports physicals find themselves on the outside looking in once the pre-season kicks off.
Without a physical on file in the school office, student athletes cannot participate in practice sessions.
Which means, while sitting on the sidelines, they miss opportunities to condition, learn new skills, master the coach's schemes and impress coaches enough to earn a spot on the roster.
Many a student athlete, especially in football, has fallen by the wayside because they were restricted from practicing in early season.
Having the physicals done when they are offered -- from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 in Wilson Dome -- can solve all those problems next school year.
That will be half-day schedule for PUSD students.
The fee is $10 and the exams are open to any student who will be playing middle school or high school sports during the 2008-2009 school year.
To take advantage of the physicals, students must pick up a physical and parent permission form from the school where they will be playing sports next year.
For example, eighth-graders should pick up forms at the high school and elementary students going to middle school next year pick up their forms at RCMS.
The Payson Tennis Club is looking for intermediate-level doubles players, both male and female.
The initiation from Mike Steelman of the PTC is, "if you can serve, have an average forehand and backhand, and can play net at least a little bit, come play doubles with us every Monday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m." Games are played at Rumsey Park.
Steelman says, "Come out and get some sun and exercise and meet new people."
He also warns that times may change as the weather warms up.
For more information, call Steelman at (928) 476-2788.
HOSA to host golf
The Payson High School Health Occupation Students of America will be holding a golf tournament May 10 at Payson Golf Course.
The fee is $80 per player.
HOSA is a student organization committed to recruiting qualified young people interested in pursuing a career in the health care professions. Last year, the Payson chapter of HOSA conducted CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) training for high school faculty and staff. Funds from the golf tournament will be used to purchase AED's and place them in locations throughout the community.
The cost of the devises is about $1,200 per unit.
For more information or to enter the golf tournament, call Dr. James Vandruff at (928) 978-5276 or Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.